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Vol. LXIII, No. 29
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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(Photo by Emily Reeves)
LIBRARY PARADE: Preschoolers are parading from the Princeton Public Library’s (PPL) third-floor children’s room to the Albert E. Hinds Plaza. Leading the way are five-year-old Matthew Trifiro, of Princeton, and Allison Santos of PPL Youth Services.

Front Page

While Endowment Declines, University Gifts Soar

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton University’s fiscal year having ended on June 30, it is estimated that the institution’s endowment will be down 25 percent. The actual fiscal year-end figure will be available in the fall.

Borough Council Honors Chief Federico’s Service, Approves PU Firefighters

Dilshanie Perera

At last Tuesday’s meeting, Borough Council honored former Police Chief Anthony Federico, who died suddenly while on vacation in Maine in late June.

Planning Board Nixes Nini Proposal; Neighborhood Forceful in Opposition

Ellen Gilbert

The Regional Planning Board of Princeton unanimously denied a minor subdivision and waiver request from Rose C. Nini and the estate of Samuel E. Nini at its Thursday evening meeting last week.

Other News

Summertime, and the Third Floor Is Hopping as Library Storytimes Draw Overflow Crowds

Ellen Gilbert

The Eensy-Weensy Spider and Little Miss Muffet got their due, as did Pattycake, and a rousing chorus of “Open-Shut-Them” wasn’t too shabby, either.

Wilson and Marsee Attend Rush Holt’s D.C. Day Meetings on Science and Math Education

Ellen Gilbert

Princeton Regional School District Superintendent Judith Wilson and former Charter School head Charles Marsee were among the 50 New Jersey educators and leaders in math and science hosted by Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) in another of his series of “D.C. Days.”  Participants travelled to Washington, D.C. where they met with policy makers and leaders, discussing ways to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education policy.

Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin


Teti Ends PU Rowing Career on High Note; Helping Lightweight Crew to Henley Title

Bill Alden

Justin Teti didn’t get to stick around very long in his first appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Hughes Savors Henley Royal Regatta Victory As PU Men’s Lightweights Save Best for Last

Bill Alden

Even though the Henley Royal Regatta annually takes places in the first week of July, the weather can seem autumn-like at the course near London.

Overcoming Disappointing PU Crew Finale, Lightweight Star Davis Makes U-23 Worlds

Bill Alden

Things didn’t end on a high note for Madeline Davis as she rowed in her final regatta for the Princeton University women’s lightweight crew.

Sparked by Edwards’ Strong Inside Play, Hilton Advances to Summer Hoops Semis

Bill Alden

By late June, Chris Edwards and his teammates on Hilton Realty appeared to be headed for a rough season in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League.

Book Review

Hemingway’s Paradise Lost — Love and Remorse: Life, Art, and Paris

Stuart Mitchner

But there are remises or storage places where you may leave or store certain things … and this book contains material from the remises of my memory and of my heart. Even if the one has been tampered with and the other does not exist.

— Ernest Hemingway, April 1961

According to Patrick Hemingway’s foreword to A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition (Scribner $25), the passage quoted above is the “last bit of professional writing” by his father and, as such, constitutes the book’s “true foreword.” Hemingway’s only living son, Patrick suggests that his father’s words about memory being “tampered with” refer to the effects of electric shock therapy (EST). No attempt is made to explain the other half of the memory/heart dynamic, though the implication is that EST destroyed the heart when it attacked the memory. There’s nothing you can say to such a bleak and brutal statement except that it makes sense when you know that Ernest Hemingway, who had tried twice to kill himself earlier that month, would succeed three months later.


Opera New Jersey Continues Season With Murderous, Thrilling, “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Nancy Plum

Before Law & Order, CSI, and Criminal Minds, there was opera. Some of the greatest fictional murders have taken place on the operatic stage throughout the centuries, and near the forefront of these homicide shockers would sure be Lucia’s killing of her forced-marriage spouse in Gaetano Donizetti’s 1935 opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Opera New Jersey presented its second performance of Lucia Saturday night at McCarter Theatre (the opera opened July 10) and although the production started off with a bit of “second performance-itis,” the show ended with the audience justifiably on its feet.

All in a Day’s Work

Diane Landis

Dilshanie Perera

Bringing people together around issues that matter has been a longtime passion for Diane Landis. The 17-year Princeton resident formed the Princeton School Garden Cooperative three years ago with a few others, with the goal of using these spaces as sites for hands-on teaching, and as a way to reconnect students with the process of food production and the earth. Now, all of the public schools in town have their own garden. Ms. Landis is also Princeton’s own Sustainability Coordinator, a new position designed to organize residents in town toward greener practices through collaborative projects, education, and outreach.

It’s New to Us

Mystery, Murder, Mayhem and Madness Are on the Agenda at the Cloak & Dagger

Jean Stratton

Intrigue, murder, suspense …. put a little mischief into your daily routine!

There’s nothing like a good mystery — even if it keeps you up at night, causes you to miss your bus stop, or makes you late for a date.

An Array of Fresh-From-the-Farm Products Is the Highlight of Pa. Dutch Farm Market

Jean Stratton

The Pennsylvania Dutch Farm Market, located in the Kingston Mall, 4437 Route 27, continues to thrive, even in this difficult economy.

High-quality products, polite personal service, and the unique Amish tradition are some of the reasons, believes Abe King, who is in charge of King’s Salads & Jellies stand.

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